Castrillo Mota de Judíos

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Castrillo Mota de Judíos
Municipality and town
View of the town in 2010
View of the town in 2010
Flag of Castrillo Mota de Judíos
Official seal of Castrillo Mota de Judíos
Castrillo Mota de Judíos is located in Spain
Castrillo Mota de Judíos
Castrillo Mota de Judíos
Location of Castrillo Mota de Judíos in Spain
Coordinates: 42°18′37″N 04°10′25″W / 42.31028°N 4.17361°W / 42.31028; -4.17361
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Castile and León Castile and León
Province Flag of Burgos Burgos
Comarca Odra-Pisuerga
Settled 1035
 • Total 22.051 km2 (8.514 sq mi)
Elevation 791 m (2,595 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 64
 • Density 2.9/km2 (7.5/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 09107
Website Official website

Castrillo Mota de Judíos is a municipality located in the province of Burgos, Castile and León, Spain. The 2004 census (INE) indicated the municipality had a population of 71 inhabitants.[1]


The town is located on a plain area, near the river Odra, 51 km (32 mi) west of Burgos and 54 km (34 mi) northeast of Palencia. It is crossed by the roads BU-400 and BU-403.[2]



The town was originally named Castrillo Motajudíos ("Jew hill camp") in 1035 when Jews fleeing from a nearby pogrom settled there; it was changed to Castrillo Matajudíos ("Jew-killer camp") in 1627 during a period of religious persecution of non-Christians in Spain (the Jews had been expelled from Spain in 1492 during the Spanish Inquisition).[3] In June 2015 the name was changed back to Castrillo Mota de Judíos following a campaign led by mayor Lorenzo Rodríguez leading to a vote among the villagers in May 2014.[3][4]


Popular culture[edit]

The 2005 French film Saint-Jacques... La Mecque, directed by Coline Serreau,[6] was set also in the town.[citation needed]

Twin towns[edit]

Castrillo Mota de Judíos is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Spanish town of Matajudíos considering changing its name to anything but 'Jew Killer'". The Huffington Post. April 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ Google. "Castrillo Matajudíos" (Map). Google Maps. Google. 
  3. ^ a b "Spanish village drops 'kill Jews' name". The Guardian. 22 June 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Spain's 'Kill Jews Fort' villagers vote in favor of name change". Madrid. Reuters. May 25, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Celebration of the fifth centenary of the birth of Antonio de Cabezón". (in Spanish). Castrillo Mota de Judíos. 
  6. ^ Saint-Jacques... La Mecque on IMDb

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